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Archives - February 2018

Interview: Shea Fontana, author of DC Super Hero Girls: Date with Disaster!

Feb 8, 2018

It might be a new year, but superhero stories never go out of style. With so many superheroes and adaptations to choose from, it can be tough to find the perfect read for you and your children. One of our favorite middle grade series is Shea Fontana's DC Super Hero Girls, a graphic novel series set at Super Hero High, where well-known DC heroes, both male and female, not only attend  classes, but also deal with all the awkwardness of growing up --- oh, and superpowers. The sixth book in the series, DATE WITH DISASTER, is now in stores, and our reviewer, Katherine Szabo, had the pleasure of interviewing the author, Shea Fontana, and illustrator, Yancey Labat, about their process, the series and, of course, their favorite super heroes. Read on for their answers!

Interview: Nidhi Chanani, author of Pashmina

Feb 1, 2018

One of our favorite releases of 2017 was Nidhi Chanani's PASHMINA. In this graphic novel, a young Indian-American girl struggles with her mother's lack of answers to questions about her past. Priyanka desperately wants to know who her father was, and why her mother left India so many years ago, but her mother refuses to answer. But when Priyanka discovers a magical pashmina scarf in her mother's closet, she is transported to a fantastical, colorful version of India that just might hold some answers. Blending snippets of her own youth with bold, vivid colors and a lot of imagination, Nidhi Chanani weaves a powerful tale of self-discovery, blending cultures and identity. We had the opportunity to ask Nidhi a few questions about her book recently. Read below to learn about her inspiration for the book, how she balances her writing/drawing process and what she's working on next.